from Denmark saxophonist Michael Lington delights since many years the
smooth jazz scene with his solo albums. After his self-titled debut
album (1997) followed Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change
(2002), Stay With Me (2004), A Song For You (2006) and
Heat (2008). Also to mention
Best of Michael Lington – The Songbook Collection (2010).
His newest album is entitled Pure,
scheduled for release February 14th 2012 on Trippin N' Rhythm. Guest
musicians are Michael Bolton, Lee Ritenour, Jonathan Butler, Brian
Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., Jeff Golub, Jeff Babko, Paul Jackson Jr.
and many more. The album was produced by executive producer Les
The album starts with Roadtrip, a song
which is since January on heavy rotation on many smooth jazz radio
stations. A co-production of Michael and Brian Culbertson the funky
tune features Lee Ritenour on guitar. The song has its edgy moments,
which is a fortunate refreshment.
As counterpart understandable is the mellow
Serenade. Co-produced by Michael Broening the song gets glamour by
Torcuato Mariano's acoustic guitar and Lington's emotional alto sax.
The up-tempo Playtime takes a glimpse at the Rock music of the
eighties. The song reminds me of Huey Lewis' Hip to Be Square.
With Lower East Slide Lington continues this energy
driven and fast paced style. Jeff Babko (Toto, Larry Carlton, James
Taylor) adds the perfect retro sound on Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 and
Clavinet. Michael Stever contributes a mighty horn arrangement.
Autry DeWalt Mixon, better known as Junior Walker, composed the
legendary Shotgun. The song is as demanding as it is popular.
Lington stands up the immense challenge with flying colors in full
On Like Old Times Lington
conjures a vintage feeling especially for those, who are already full
of years. Bill Withers' megahit Lovely Day was often covered by
smooth jazz artists like
Luico Hopper, Peter White,
Michael Manson and many more. I especially love Tollak Ollestad's
harmonica solo and Thano Sahnas' acoustic guitar decoration, which
fades out too soon. With Movin On Lington pays anew
tribute to the mainstream Rock. Crossover is the magic word of
Lington loves the contact to his fans and when he can take a bath in
the crowd, both are enjoyed. Come On Over is such a melody for
his high energy concerts. More slow and relaxing is the final tune
A Simpler Time, an invitation to dream.
Pure means without any extraneous and unnecessary elements.
Michael Lington's music doesn't match the title but absolutely mirrors
Lington's contemporary multi-faceted repertoire.